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Sick of the neglect he receives from his mom and dad, a young boy leaves home and travels the world in search of new parents.

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Piano Player
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Zoe
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Sarah
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Umpire
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Storyline

Eleven-year-old North has had it with his parents. They are always busy with their careers and don't give North the attention he needs, so he files a lawsuit against them. The judge rules that North should either find new parents or return to his own parents within two months. Thus north starts off on an hilarious journey around the world to find the parents that really care about him. Written by Peter Huiskes <huiskes@westbrabant.net>

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Ever wonder what your life would be like with different parents? A boy named North did. See more »


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Rated PG for a few words | See all certifications »

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22 July 1994 (USA)  »

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Det perfekte barn  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,138,449 (USA)
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Featured the lone film appearance of Brynn Hartman, the wife of Phil Hartman and eventual murderer. See more »

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When the lawyer, Arthur Bell, meets North for the first time on the street, he hands North his card and promptly takes it back. In the next shot, North is still holding the card. At that point, Mr. Bell reaches to shake North's hand (which is still holding the card) and in the next shot the card disappears again. See more »

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Pa Tex: Remember before when I told you that everything I own is the biggest and the best? Well you're already the best. Now there's nothing left but to make you the biggest.
Ma Tex: And don't fret about not being able to clean up your plate. Why soon your stomach will stretch and stretch and your capacity for food will grow and grow.
North: You say that like that's a good thing to have happen to your stomach.
Pa Tex: It is.
North: Why?
Ma Tex: Then you'll be like Buck.
North: Who?
Pa Tex: Our first son. The biggest boy this big state's ever seen. Why he...
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Scarlett Johansson is credited as Scarlett Johanssen. Her surname is spelt wrong! See more »

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References The Godfather: Part II (1974) See more »

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FATHER KNOWS BEST THEME
by Don A. Ferris and Irving Friedman
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Starts out terrible, and somehow goes south from there
1 November 2009 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

When Harry Met Sally, A Few Good Men, The Story of Us... and I hear that This Is Spinal Tap is utterly hilarious... so what happened, Reiner? I guess everyone is entitled to make at least one mistake. Even if this particular one is really tough to forgive. If he hadn't proved himself so thoroughly after this, I'm not sure one could disassociate him from this. I haven't read the novel. Can it be as awful as this? I sure hope not. This is painfully stupid, unbelievably offensive and never actually funny. The jokes are disturbing, sick, weird and/or poor, and often based on ridiculous stereotypes that serve no other purpose than to prove beyond any reasonable doubt that the two guys who wrote the script for this, Alan Zweibel and Andrew Scheinman, have not been out of their own country in their entire lives. This wastes so much acting and comedic talent that you have to wonder if there was some sort of bet involved, to see if they could actually get all of these skilled people and have them recite horrible material, and see if anyone would outright quit. I'm not sure I'd say that Elijah was one of them at this point, but then again, all the child performers in this are annoying. There is brief moderately strong language in this. The DVD has a trailer and about about ten minutes worth of interviews with the director and cast. I recommend... well, not this, not for anyone. If you do find yourself watching at least a little of this, I urge you to treat yourself to the Nostalgia Critic's video review of it. 1/10


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